Seven new dates for The Ultimate Tour Named Death, Ghost’s six-week North American headline arena tour were announced today. With Nothing More providing support for the tour, the dates kick off on Friday, Sept. 13 in Bakersfield, Calif. and feature a date at Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, Oct. 18.
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In support of this tour, Faith, the third single from Ghost’s Grammy-nominated album Prequelle, went to Rock radio just last week and is the No. 1 most added track, with a total of 36 adds. Faith follows Prequelle’s two previous singles, Rats and Dance Macabre, both of which held the No.1 spot on the Active and Mainstream Rock radio charts for multiple weeks. An eminently tight track with its relentless and melodic guitar solos and dark, torturous lyrics, Faith manifests Ghost creative force Tobias Forge’s flair for soaring stadium-size anthems.
A live performance of Faith was shot last November at Ghost’s sold-out Los Angeles Forum show, the band’s first-ever North American headline arena concert. The clip showcases this tour’s expanded theatrical production, a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows. In addition to rich costumes, special effects and a spectacular light show tailor-made for arenas, the Cardinal, the Ghouls and the Ghoulettes will take advantage of a series of multi-level platforms and walkways to prowl around on while performing some of Ghost’s fan-favourite songs from the band’s album and EPs catalog. The set list will include favourites Square Hammer, Cirice, Ashes, He Is, Year Zero, Rats, Mummy Dust, Life Eternal, Dance Macabre and many more. Watch Faith from A Pale Tour Named Death here.
The Swedish-born Tobias Forge, who has been referred to as “the Andrew Lloyd Webber of rock,” is Ghost’s creative force, singer, songwriter, musician and architect of the elaborate storylines that are woven through the band’s four full-length studio albums, EPs, music videos, webisodes and live shows, all of which advance the Ghost storyline. Forge grew up listening to a wide array of 70s and 80s rock – Alice Cooper, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Starship, Iron Maiden and Foreigner. He’s a hardcore music junkie; at home in Sweden, he has a most impressive collection of vinyl, cassettes, CDs and VHS tapes, and when on tour, he regularly arranges for visits to local record haunts and ships back even more treasures. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and kazoo. Ghost’s new album, Prequelle is loosely based on The Black Plague of 14th century Europe, a metaphor Forge hopes will apply to the societal ills of today.
Ghost’s music began as being much heavier, harder and “more metal,” but over the band’s recent history, their songs have evolved to embrace a catchier, rock/pop sound. Five of the band’s songs have hit Billboard’s Top 5 Rock chart – Cirice claimed the No. 4 spot in 2015, From The Pinnacle to the Pit went to No. 5 in 2016 and Square Hammer (2017), Rats (2018) and Dance Macabre (2018) all held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart and on the Mediabase Active Rock chart. Faith, the band’s new single, was the No. 1 Most Added track at Active Rock Radio in its first week with 36 stations programming it. Ghost’s music retains its rock edge as well as its dark lyrical themes like The Black Plague, the Antichrist, the Inquisition, avarice and the Apocalypse. Ghost has received three Grammy nominations: Best Metal Performance in 2016 for Cirice, which they won, and Best Rock Album for Prequelle and Best Rock Song for Rats in 2019.
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While costumes are encouraged for this event, please note all patrons must be identified at the entrance. If you are coming to the event in costume, please be prepared to remove any masks; if you plan to paint your face, please make sure you can be identified by security. If you cannot be identified, you may be asked to remove your makeup and you may not be able to purchase alcohol if you are over 19. If any part of your costume includes a prohibited item, you will be required to remove it prior to entering the venue. Prohibited items include: toy guns or handcuffs, dust or gas masks, large chains & spiked jewelry. If your costume blocks or impedes the view of another patron, you may be asked to relocate or remove the item for the performance.
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